St John Ambulance attends to around 14,500 patients a year in Port Moresby, PNG, according to Commissioner Matthew Cannon.
He said that last year the number of emergency incidents more than doubled between the first and fourth quarters.
“This is a 100 per cent increase in workload which is partly attributable to St John’s boosted presence in the community and an increasing need for coordinated ambulance services.
“St John usually attends to cases of serious trauma, 123 obstetric emergencies, several thousand medical cases, and snake bites,” he said.
Cannon also called on the National Capital District Commission and the Moresby South, Moresby North West and North East MPs to work closely with the ambulance service and also to increase the number of funded ambulance services.
“This workload justifies expenditure on at least seven ambulances 24 hours per day in the National Capital District,” he said.
“And a similar increase in workload in Central Province was also observed.”
He said that the St John Ambulance has 24-hour ambulance and paramedic rapid-response services in the capital with up to six ambulances and response vehicles on duty each day. The National